Panjim, July 17: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that drinking alcohol at public places in the coastal state will attract a heavy fine from August 15.
“Mind you, there will be a heavy fine if you are found drinking (in public) from the month of August. We’re issuing a notification very soon. I intend to do it before August, so that we can implement it from August 15,” Parrikar said in a function here on Monday.
Chief Minister Parrikar also warned that littering the state with beer bottles would also invite a steeper fine.
” Similarly littering will also have a heavy fine of Rs 2,500. I have caught two-three college students going there with beer bottles. This is not done,” Parrikar said.
He further stated that bottles thrown on the rocks along the riverfront were putting other people at risk.
Earlier this year, the Chief Minister stoked a controversy for his ‘girls drinking beer’ remark.
Addressing the inaugural of the first edition of the State Youth Parliament organised by the Legislature Secretariat in February, Parrikar had said: “I have begun to fear now, because even girls have started drinking beer”.
“Today’s youngsters are crossing tolerance limits”, he added.